Date: September 17, 2021
STPI establishes its 61st center at Kohima to ensure holistic development of IT in Northeast region
With 18,137 sq. ft. of built-up space, 2,484 sq. ft. raw incubation space and 114 plug-n-play seats, STPI-Kohima centre provides state-of-the-art incubation space, high-speed data communication facility and NOC.
Union Minister of State for Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar on Friday inaugurated the STPI-Kohima, the 61st centre of STPI in the Nagaland capital.
To ensure holistic development of IT in the Northeast region of the nation, STPI has embarked on creating an enabling ecosystem in NER by facilitating the physical and digital infrastructure required for promoting the IT/ITeS sector, according to STPI. With this mandate, a new STPI centre has been established at Kohima which will promote IT exports and boost entrepreneurship from the region, it said.
While inaugurating the Centre, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said, “Today, we are fulfilling a part of Prime Minister’s vision in creating the technological ecosystem in North East, thereby creating opportunities for future generations of youngsters of this region. STPI is a platform where you can take those aspirations, make experiments, some would be successful some would fail, but you can stand up and get up again reskill and upskill. I have been working effectively on this two-pronged strategy and STPI-Kohima is part the second prong of creating opportunities for North East people to start their micro entrepreneurship and business.”
Mmhonlumo Kikon, MLA and Advisor, Information Technology & Communication, Science & Technology, NRE, government of Nagaland said, "Coordinated effort of various IT related organisations of government of India along with Department of IT, the government of Nagaland will make Kohima the IT hub of Northeast.”
Dr. Omkar Rai, DG, STPI from headquarters at New Delhi said on the occasion, "This center is aligned with STPI's vision of dispersing IT/ITeS industry to tier-2/3 cities, and especially, strengthening the tech entrepreneurial ecosystem in North East to build innovative tech products, boost software exports, and create enormous employment opportunities for the local talent pool."
The establishment of STPI-Kohima center is a joint effort of STPI, MeitY and the government of Nagaland. This is another step forward to facilitate and support the IT/ITeS industry, tech MSMEs, startups, budding entrepreneurs, and innovators of the state. With 18,137 sq. ft. of built-up space, 2,484 sq. ft. raw incubation space and 114 plug-n-play seats, STPI-Kohima centre provides state-of-the-art incubation space, high-speed data communication facility and NOC.
STPI said it has been working with distinct focus for promotion of IT/ITES exports from the country by providing single window regulatory services under STP & EHTP schemes, plug & play incubation facilities for the start-up companies and young entrepreneurs as well as high speed data communication services for a seamless access for offshore IT/ITES exports. STPI has been successfully delivering statutory services to the IT/ITES/ESDM industry in the most industry-friendly environment and has earned the goodwill for its liberal style of functioning, it said, adding that working closely with all the stakeholders, STPI has played a key role in transforming the country as the most preferred IT destination.
The growth in exports by STP units from Rs 52 crore in 1992-93 to Rs 4,92,074.55 crore in 2020-21 is a clear testimony of the effective policies of the STPI, which has also played a phenomenal role in promoting tier-II/tier-III cities of the country, it said. Out of 61 STPI centers, 53 centres are in tier-II and tier-III locations with an objective of a uniform and overall development of IT/ITES exports across the country. STPI has been nurturing the tech start-ups ecosystem by implementing Next Generation Incubation Scheme (NGIS) and establishing Centres of Entrepreneurship (CoEs) in emerging technologies pan-India, it said.
Mandates of STPI centre at Kohima
To promote the region as one of the preferred IT destinations and to attract IT/ITES/ESDM units to the state; to promote the export of IT software and services from the region thus contributing to Gross National Exports; to provide statutory services under Software Technology Park (STP) & Electronic Hardware Technology Park (EHTP) scheme; to provide state-of-the-art incubation facility, High Speed Data Communication (HSDC) and other value-added services; to encourage innovation, creation of IPR and product development; mentoring and promotional support; offering a vibrant ecosystem for creating a maker culture among the young techno-entrepreneurs and startups; and to stimulate to create direct and indirect employment opportunities, STPI said in the statement.